Richard de Chazal’s Zodiac

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top left: Scorpio; top right: Gemini.
bottom left: Cancer; bottom right: Libra.

Following the zodiac sets from August, here’s a distinctly homoerotic variation on the theme by Australian photographer and fashion designer Richard de Chazal. See the full set here. Also on his site is a selection of his erotic photography which may interest some of the visitors who’ve been arriving here all week from porn site Queerclick. The small size of the photos should be taken as an encouragement to buy Mr De Chazal’s book. Via Chateau Thombeau.

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The gay artists archive

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Mucha’s Zodiac
Owen Wood’s Zodiac
Palladini’s Zodiac
The Major Arcana by Jak Flash

Mucha’s Zodiac

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Another zodiac poster. Alphonse Mucha’s design was a calendar produced for arts review La Plume in 1896, and typically with Mucha great attention is paid to the decorative details. Close examination reveals a sunflower behind the sun symbol in the lower left while poppies accompany the symbol of the moon on the right.

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Mucha was also commissioned for the Exposition Universelle four years later, with work including these designs promoting the Austrian exhibits. This seems surprising when it was his work in France which made his name but there was a great deal of national prestige at stake in 1900 and the French authorities wouldn’t have wanted a foreign artist involved with their official art. Mucha was also a foreigner to the Austrians, of course, but they regarded him with more benevolence, and their decorative arts exhibit included one of his carpet designs. If it was galling to be ignored by France he at least had the satisfaction of seeing many of the participating nations showing work in the Art Nouveau style which he’d done so much to evolve.

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Le Palais de l’Optique, 1900
Owen Wood’s Zodiac
Palladini’s Zodiac
Exposition Universelle films
Exposition jewellery
Exposition Universelle catalogue
Exposition Universelle publications
Exposition cornucopia
Return to the Exposition Universelle
The Palais Lumineux
Louis Bonnier’s exposition dreams
Exposition Universelle, 1900
The Palais du Trocadéro

Owen Wood’s Zodiac

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Yesterday’s zodiacal illustrations reminded me of this grubby item (depicting the twelve houses of the zodiac and four elements) which I took the trouble to scan since there’s no other example of it on the web. (Click for a larger version.) The artist, Owen Wood, was a highly-regarded illustrator commissioned to produce a poster in 1969 for the landmark magazine Man, Myth & Magic which was serialised weekly in the UK the following year. MMM had a few other giveaways in their early issues but Wood’s poster was by far the best piece. I thought I might have another copy somewhere but it didn’t turn up in a cursory search; if I find it I’ll replace this one. Wood’s very fine and intricate line-drawing deserves better appraisal than this dishevelled item which suffered from being pinned in too many smoke-filled rooms over the years. This obituary of the artist has details of his career.

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Fire (detail).

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The illustrators archive

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Palladini’s Zodiac
Austin Osman Spare